Anna Bowen

Miss Neshoba County Fair

Hometown: Philadelphia

Platform: Diamond Dreams: Special Needs, Special Lives, Special Kids

Talent: Contemporary Pointe

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  I am currently a sophomore at East Central Community College and will be transferring to Mississippi State University in the fall.

What is your major? Nutrition and Health Promotion.

What is your scholastic ambition?  To obtain my Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion to enable me to pursue a career as a Registered Dietician.

List scholastic honors: Dean’s List, President’s List, Phi Theta Kappa, and graduated high school with Special Distinction Honors as 10th in my class of 211 students

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Second year dancer for the East Central Centralettes and sophomore captain

 What is your favorite style of music?  I like most kinds of rock and some country music.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love romantic comedies because no matter what mood I’m in while watching, they always make me laugh.

What is your favorite gadget? My cell phone

What is your favorite blog? In general I don’t follow blogs, but I do occasionally read the inspirations offered from the faith based blogger Jordan Lee Dooley.

What is your favorite place to visit? I absolutely love any beach with beautiful sand and water, but Cozumel’s beaches are one of my favorites because they offer the perfect blend of beauty and fun.

What is your favorite food? Chick-fil-a parfaits

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would definitely need a book about surviving in the wild. 

Do you twitter? Not very often

What is your favorite?

Sport:Soccer                                                             Sports Team: Mississippi State University

Actor: Matthew McConaughey                                  Actress: Reese Witherspoon

Television Program: Grey’s Anatomy

Wardrobe Accessory: My ring with each of my siblings’ initials on it because it reminds me that I have them with me wherever I go.

Thing to do on a weekend: Going out with my fun-loving friends or spending time with my sweet sisters to catch up on “life.”

Way to spend a day off: Spending a day off at the beach because any day I can be at the beach is a great day.


What is your hometown like? Philadelphia is a small, close knit community filled with deep family ties. It is also the home of Mississippi’s Giant House Party. 

What were you like when you were a child? I was quiet and a little bit shy, but I was caring towards others and always paid close attention to details.

Who is the most influential person in your life? Tina Sanders, my former dance teacher.  Not only did she teach me how to dance, but she also taught me how to appreciate even the smallest things in life.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I tend to be quieter and reserved when I first meet people, but I can turn into a real “chatter-box” once I get to know someone,

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: My freshman year of college was such a great experience for me.  I really learned so much about myself, made friends that will last me a lifetime, and have a newfound sense of independence.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? This program has opened so many doors of opportunity not only for me to be a role model, but also for me to help those in my community and my State.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would want to continue to passionately advocate for children with special needs by raising awareness and helping with programs to enrich their lives within the community.  I also want to fulfill every duty and opportunity I am given to benefit my great state of Mississippi and  her amazing people.   

What is your secret wish or dream? I secretly wish that I could work undercover for the CIA.

I’m motivated by: I’m motivated by the people I’m closest to in life.  They help to remind me that I want to always strive to be the very best person/role model I can be. 

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I have always been inspired by the work my mother does as the Special Education Director for Neshoba County Schools.  She has always included me in special events with the kids including me dressing as Princess Anna from Frozento meet and talk with the children. 

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Right before my 8th birthday, my whole family moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Philadelphia, Mississippi.  I went from being a little city girl to a muddy country girl. 

The one thing I can’t live without: My younger sister, Alex.  We are only 16 months apart, and she is absolutely my best friend. 

My best friend would describe me as: Full of advice and very dependable.  My friends can always count on me if they need some new insight or a friend to be by their sides.

Something interesting about my family: My dad has nine younger brothers and sisters, and I have thirty-two first cousins. 

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: My dad danced on stage with me at my senior dance recital and “walked like an Egyptian” and did the chicken dance in front of the whole audience. 

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Snow skiing.  I do not like cold weather, so it would definitely be a strange thing for me to go out in the snow on purpose.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have 2 yellow labs.  Their names are Max and Cher.